World Population Day

17 July 2018

World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.

While this is an issue the whole world is facing in our commercial laundry market, one facet of this is more relevant than most, our aging population.

The number of people over 65 years of age needing care is growing and could reach 2.8 million by 2025 in England and Wales this would be an increase of 25% from 2015 (equivalent to an additional 560,000 people) over a decade.

Overall, dementia represents the biggest growing cause of disability and rates are predicted to increase by 49% in people aged 65 or over between 2015-2025 – meaning that 699000 people will have dementia care needs in 2025 (compared to 468000 in 2015). 

The second largest cause will be other diseases including mental health problems, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and other chronic diseases, which will increase by 37% over the decade (from 1018000 cases in 2015 to 1395000 in 2025). These diseases are fastest-rising in people aged over 85, in whom they are set to  almost double (an increase of 84%, corresponding to 118000 cases in 2015 to 217000 in 2025).

This rapid increase in the number of people needing specialised care is going to have to have an impact on the number of facilities currently in operation capable of coping with the required needs.  As such the number of care homes is set to expand to cope with the growing demand.

Here at Goodman Sparks we are experts in the equipment used in these facilities and expect to see a gradual increase in the supply of Commercial Laundry Equipment to match this trend.

If you require any assistance with the design or specification of your own commercial laundry/dishwashing facilities, please get in touch with our sales team on 0114 258 9614 or email us at



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